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Address: Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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White Sand beaches, Clear water, surf breaks creating nice swimming and snorkeling area for kids

We decided to bypass the lengthy and strenuous hike in from the south. We put in in our stock Jeep wrangler rental between mile marker 88 and 89. The trail is not clearly marked... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 4, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

We decided to bypass the lengthy and strenuous hike in from the south. We put in in our stock Jeep wrangler rental between mile marker 88 and 89. The trail is not clearly marked after the 2wd access point ends. Make sure you follow all the forks to the left, and just trust that there is a path (you really... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

We researched and went between mile marker 88 and 89. The road is still VERY bumpy, but much more manageable if you're not on a 4x4. We were driving a full-size sedan rental, went about 0-5 mph the whole way (takes about 45 minutes to get down the road), and it was fine, didn't even have a scratch on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Found this secluded, beautiful beach on the recommendation of some locals and it was absolutely worth the visit. The access road off of 19 can be traversed with a non 4x4, just make sure you have sufficient clearance so that your vehicle won't scrape. We had a Jeep Wrangler and had no problems but also saw many passenger cars at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

It's definitely worth the off-roading and 15 min walk! I would say it's the best beach, we came here everyday. Nobody will disturb you here, very peaceful and very beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I was glad my wife convinced me we needed a Jeep for our rental on our trip to the Big Island. If nothing else, it paid off seeing this beach. After making the rocky and bumpy journey to the beach, we discovered a beautiful beach that was very secluded. When you approach, there is a place to park where people... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

You will never find this place unless you've researched it as it's impossible to get to via a rental car unless you have a 4 wheel drive and even then it's super sketchy driving down the unforgiving dirt road filled with ginormous potholes. I really don't want to share how to get there as it's one of those hidden gems... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

We walked the 1.5 miles over lava rock and sand dunes to find the most beautiful beach here on the big island. The sand is soft and the water is clear. Brim a snorkel because the reef is protected and there is a ton of fish and coral to see along the rocks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

great beach with white sand and during week your almost alone.. great place for sknorkeling - I went swimming and there was a turtle just in front of me :) the road to the beach is not really a "road" and I was happy that I had a jeep :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

There is a ~15 minute walk to the beach on a dirt path from where you park and it can be hot. Definitely worth it though because the beach has a lovely white sand (although not "superfine" as described in some guide books) with shade trees around. It was not busy during the week. This is the kind of place... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

It is a long trek which makes it all the better. We felt like everyone there was part of an elite group, enjoying a rare, long sandy beach. It was delightful.

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